The city of Whittier is located at the head of Passage Canal, which is part of the Prince William Sound. It sits 62 road miles from Anchorage and was originally established as a military supply port during WWII. It is now a focal point for fishing and freight transport. Recent entrance by cruise lines has added tourism to Whittier’s commerce and it is quickly growing as a popular departure port. Whittier’s main claim to fame is the Whittier Tunnel, a 2.5 mile access tunnel that combines alternate one-way vehicle and rail traffic and is longest tunnel through a mountain in North America.
Whittier offers day tours that consist of fishing, glacier cruises or kayak adventures. Prince William Sound Explorer Cruise takes visitors on a 6 hour tour that explores the glaciers and surrounding areas, as well as providing a full lunch onboard. There are also a variety of fishing charters, with the catch of the day including halibut, salmon or lingcod.
Getting to Whittier is not difficult, with car rentals available in Anchorage and the drive a pleasant and scenic one. The Alaska Railroad also has trains into Whittier and there are tour bus companies that offer transportation out of Anchorage too. As this is often used as a day trip destination, accommodations are fairly limited (but growing). There are a couple of hotels as well as a few bed and breakfasts, with more in the way of rooms available in nearby Anchorage. Restaurants are also limited in variety but do serve some of the freshest seafood around.
Weather here, like most port towns in Alaska, can be unpredictable and visitors are urged to dress for any contingency.
Alaska cruises that depart from Whittier Alaska:
• Coral Princess, Diamond Princess, Island Princess, Sapphire Princess
Additional Whittier Alaska cruise information:
• Alaska Tour & Travel – Whittier Alaska
Information about Whittier Alaska including transportation options and pre or post cruise land tours geared towards Alaska cruise travelers.